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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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MelbourneArvo Pärt & JS Bach

Pärt, Bach, Grigorjeva, Sculthorpe
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

MelbourneParsifal

Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Mills; Roger Hodgman; Victorian Opera; Burkhard Fritz; James Roser; Derek Welton; Teddy Tahu Rhodes

MelbourneWynton Marsalis and the MSO

Ellington, Bernstein, Marsalis
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Nicholas Buc; Wynton Marsalis; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

MelbourneMozart, Haydn & More

Oliveros, Haydn, Shannon, Mozart, Hindemith
Pekka Kuusisto; Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective; Musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music

MelbourneMozart, Haydn & More

Oliveros, Haydn, Shannon, Mozart, Hindemith
Pekka Kuusisto; Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective; Musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music

MelbourneBruch’s Violin Concerto

Berlioz, Bruch, Borodin
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis; Lu Siqing; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
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Vivica Genaux and Sydney's Pinchgut wow Melbourne

Vivica Genaux and Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Vivica Genaux enjoys huge success in a Melbourne concert of Baroque delights, the first venture of Sydney's Pinchgut Opera Company outside its home turf.
****1
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Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Hans Sachs) © Jeff Busby
Having offered a strong feminist reading of Wagner's Ring, could Kasper Holten do the same again for Die Meistersinger? Opera Australia's co-production had moments of excellence, but ultimately left the viewer with more questions than answers
***11
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Opera Australia revives its Berlin Bohème

Yosep Kang (Rodolfo) and Maija Kovalevska (Mimì) © Jeff Busby
A fine cast led by Maija Kovalevska conveys the timeless beauty and emotion of Puccini’s Parisian melodrama, but the 1930s Berlin setting remains an imperfectly realised transformation.
***11
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TAB’s Spartacus' All is fair in love, and gladiator gore

Kevin Jackson and Jake Mangakahia in TAB's Spartacus © Jeff Busby
The Australian Ballet’s adaptation of the historic Ancient Roman story fuses violence, seduction, and the anguish of separation. It delivers a mesmerising display of masculinity, through widly explosive battle scenes.
*****
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Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Remarkable singers and magnificent sets successfully transpose Puccini’s Tosca to Nazi-occupied Rome, bringing home the horror of tyranny and how possible it is to occur.
****1
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Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
The quality cast purred, but glorious roars are required to jolt audiences from placid enjoyment of Opera Australia’s gorgeous 24-year-old production of this Verdi classic.
***11
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